So, I have finished sketching'up my pack idea and I am thinking I may have found someone who can help me put this thing together. But, its my first pack design and so I am not so arrogant to presume I know what I am doing. With that, I am posting some images of what the design looks like, and am interested in hearing peoples opinions.
The intent is to hold, rather snuggly and very stable, a number of stuff sacks and gear in various sized bags into a carry-able mass. Its not as minimalistic as some designs I have seen here though. I am trying to find a comfortable median that suits my wants and needs.
Keep in mind, I love having a top compartment. It keeps my life much more organized on the trail and makes packing and camp life much more enjoyable for me.
It consists of a bottom compartment that compresses all the campsite gear, a mid compartment that is fairly minimal, side pockets that are more tie-sleeves of mesh or cuben fiber. Since the side walls of the pack are minimal, these sleeves/pockets don't create any wall redundancy. Finally, the top compartment. This avoids redundancy in the sense that the top of main compartment is open. Further, heavy materials are used on areas of high abrasion and duress while ultra-thin materials where strength is not needed (eg underside of the top compartment). I am thinking all compression straps should be cords, attaching through tie-loops or o-rings.
The harness isn't shown as I am just not that skilled yet. My z-lite thermarest is cut down in size and folds into a compartment for the back-pad, and 4 tent poles, used in the tent form an externally accessible hard-frame. Maybe the harness will be attached through the hard-frame to distribute weight away from fatigue-able seams.
Well, that's the short explanation. One choice fellow go a longer explanation ;)